First, this is a beautiful, inspiring, awesomely written story. At 41, after 15 hours of hard labor, including back labor, my midwives had me squatting and pushing my baby’s head against my 3 cm dilated cervix. Six hours later it was still at 3 cm, and I still tried to do natural birth after we went to the hospital. Alas, it never dilated more, so during the emergency caesarean, I told the anesthesiologist to let me be able to feel the baby come out. He did. While I didn’t get to experience transition, most of my labor was mediation and visualization, and it was definitely an altered state. Thank you for evoking the memories.

Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist. Leans Left. Mindfulness practioner before it was cool. M.Ed., LPC.

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